The fight for Sefton Park goes on


For the past year local campaigners have fought the blind prejudice of the Mayor of Liverpool to try and ensure that the Sefton Park Meadowlands are not built on.

That war is not yet lost although several battles along the way have been. The battle will now go to whichever developer the council chooses from the eight developers who have submitted bids. As soon as we know who that developer is I will write to them to let them know that both within the council and within the community we will do all that is legally within our power to keep them going for years and costing them a  fortune before they can build and make a profit.

I won’t go into details here because I do not want to forewarn the developer but I have identified five things that we can do to prevent this absolute travesty.

The arguments that we have advanced have not changed.

  • This is a much loved site
  • It has always been a part of the Park since its first conception
  • There is plenty of land for building homes in the city. In fact enough for new dwellings for between 60, and 70,000 people.
  • There is plenty of land nearby with the council dragging its feet on the development of the former International Garden Festival just 1 mile away.

I know that the vast majority of people who live in Liverpool and particularly South Liverpool agree with those of us who believe development is wrong.

If there were no land available then we might have to think again. But if we went back and filled all the vacant accommodation and built on all the vacant brown-field land we would have enough accommodation for predicted population and household growth for the next 70 years.

Perhaps then our successors’, successor’s, successor’s might have to revisit the need! But by then Liverpool would have a population of 570,000 people plus and we would need every piece of green space.

So for the next 70 years our campaign will still be ‘hands off our land’. Anyone wanting to take on the people of Liverpool should be aware of the slogan, ‘buyer beware’. Be aware that making a profit out of this land will be a lot harder than you think!!

About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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